Hobby Limon is co-founder of the art dealers and publishers TAG Fine Arts with over 15 years of experience in the contemporary art world.
As Director of TAG Fine Arts, Hobby has overseen a string of publishing projects and curated solo and group exhibitions including ‘Rob Ryan - The Stars Shine All Day Too’ and ‘The Art of Mapping’.
Here, Hobby chooses his top 10 must haves from the CultureLabel collection, all inspired by a cartographic theme...
1. PATRICK THOMAS Africa BW, OUTLINE EDITIONS
"I find Patrick Thomas’ careful placement of various countries to build Africa very clever."
2. YANKO TIHOV London Passport Map, TAG FINE ARTS
"Yanko Tihov explores the multi-faceted London map by focussing on ethnicity, with the gold leaf motifs adding to the map’s intricacy."
3. ROB WASS Skeleton City
"The artist has used fine line to create the bare industrial structure of a city skyline. However, what I like about the composition is how it looks quite like a life line/heart beat line, perhaps representing the bustling activity of city life."
4. GRAYSON PERRY A Map of Days Plate Set, NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
"I like this example of cartography as it challenges what we consider to be the norm of map-making - Perry has used the map as a self-portrait rather than for geographical purposes. Furthermore, what I do always like about Perry is how he uses more “artisanal” practices such as ceramics and textiles as a fine art medium."
5. REBECCA KING Fuju
"The way in which Rebecca King has gone about documenting a geographical location is inspiring, using the sensory experience of being somewhere as the main focus, rather than a gridded map, thus being able to use eye-catching colours and detail."
6. CLAIRE BREWSTER London Lovers, TAG FINE ARTS
"Claire Brewster has managed to take detailed maps and add yet more detail with the carefully cut out birds! She transforms the urban landscape and gives it a more natural aspect."
7. COSMO SPENS Downtown from Empire State, THE ARCHIVIST
"Although less cartographical, this depiction of a city scape is well captured with charcoal, the black on white portraying the harsh industrial structures of the urban environment."
8. STEPHANIE RAY Micro Settlement
"I admire this more unique take on cartography, with the artist using small wooden blocks to represent slum rooftops, with a smattering of gold leaf, paint and newspaper to represent wealth and literacy. I think this is a very interesting take on sculptural map-making."
9. LORAINE RUTT Ocean Currents, TAG FINE ARTS
"It is incredibly impressive how the artist can fit so much geographical information onto such a small surface area."
10. STEPHEN WALTER Shoreditch, TAG FINE ARTS
"Stephen Walter truly undertook the elaborate intricacy involved in cartography, using words and symbols to form the delicate representation of London boroughs."